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Today in WMH: Pianos at Twenty Paces.

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3/31 Today in Weird Music History: 1837.  Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg face off in a duel to see who was the better pianist.  This evening of dueling pianists closed with judgement by the Countess Belgiojoso, who gave the following judgment: “Thalberg is the first pianist in the world — Liszt is unique.”  Certainly the fact that the Countess was a lover of Liszt (as well as of Lafayette, and Heine!) had nothing to do with the outcome!  For more on this historic evening: http://www.interlude.hk/front/franz-liszt-versus-sigismond-thalberg/

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